Chautauqua Theater Company is committed to developing the next generation of theater artists. The heart of CTC’s educational programming is the Conservatory, which brings together 19 of the top emerging theater artists from around the country for hands-on training and work experience that helps to bridge the gap between artist training and professional careers.

The Acting Conservatory members play leading roles in mainstage productions and the New Play Workshop series, as well as our touring Shakespeare production. Design Fellows assist designers on mainstage productions and take leading design roles in the New Play Workshop and touring Shakespeare productions. Directing Fellows assist director on mainstage productions and the New Play Workshop and take a leading role in community engagement initiatives and talkbacks.

All conservatory members receive a full scholarship including housing and a stipend. Conservatory alumni currently work across the country from Broadway to regional theater houses and CTC frequently welcomes back Conservatory alumni as guest artists on our mainstage.


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Acting Conservatory

7O4Q9123The acting conservatory began 30 years ago alongside CHQ’s first resident theater company. Founded by Michael Kahn, grown by Rebecca Guy and now under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba, the acting conservatory has emerged as the premiere summer training ensemble in the country.

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Design & Directing Conservatory

071416 chelseamarcantel CB 02Started in 2005, the Directing Fellowship provides a very valuable opportunity for early career directors to work side by side with experienced professionals and with future colleagues (young actors, directors, writers and designers). It also exposes emerging artists to the inner workings of an exceptional seasonal, professional company and conservatory.

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Meet the Conservatory

DSC 4494Read through the bios of the Conservatory members.

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0717 MayQueen RLG01masterA list of alumni from 1983–2016.

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Alumni in the News

0626 RaisinInTheSun RLG04masterSee what CTC alumni are doing on and off broadway, around the country and in film and television.

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